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A Question of Tenure

By Marlane Rodriguez, The Collegian

No guarantee of transfer to UT-RGV, faculty told at meeting with Cigarroa

Are UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American tenured professors going to be tenured at the new UT-Rio Grande Valley? That was the first question posed to University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa during a meeting Wednesday afternoon on the UTB University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, which was created last year and signed into law in July.

Bobbette Morgan, president of UTB’s Faculty Senate, told Cigarroa in front of a crowd of about 50 people, that she asked lawyers at the UT System “if tenure at UTB and UTPA means tenure at UT-RGV” and was told “no.”

“Can you ensure us some way?” Morgan, a professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, asked the chancellor.

“Legally, that is a true statement, but the intention here is to grow the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley into one of the larger universities,” Cigarroa said.

He said he sees the university as a growing university, which means there will be more students and programs.

“We are going to need faculty, you know that,” he said.

There will be transition causes, he said, adding: “I really want to do the right thing.”

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